Draft:Ghazal Darougheh-Daftar

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Ghazal Darougheh-Daftar (born July 20, 1993) is a British theoretical physicist who studies high energy physics and works on String swampland at Harvard university with Daniel Jafferis and Cumrun Vafa[1]. She completed her M.Sci. in Theoretical Physics at University College London (UCL). In her master thesis in 2018, she obtained the first ever upper bound for the mass of massive neutrinos produced by cosmic strings[2]. The UCL physics department recognized the work as the best individual master project of 2018.

Early life and education[edit]

Darougheh-Daftar was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1993. She was selected to the Iranian national physics Olympiad team at the age of 14 but was disallowed from competing at the international level because she was under the minimum age limit. She also earned the top score in the Maths A-lympiad and the Maths Tournament between Iran, the Netherlands and Russia. She moved to the United Kingdom with her family at the age of 17. At 18, she won gold and silver [3] certificates in the British Maths Challenge and completed a work experience at CERN. She received her M.Sci. in Theoretical Physics from University College London. She was then offered a place at Harvard University as a Research Fellow.


Ghazal Darougheh-Daftar is a physicist with experience in several fields. She has contributed to research on MYRRHA to use thorium as a fuel with Professor Roger Barlow of the University of Huddersfield. In 2015, she wrote Python script for the VELA accelerator control room. She also contributed to research on Z’ studies at Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory[4] for the 2019 ATLAS Yellow Report[5] as an ATLAS-CERN member. As a master student at University College London, she led research on the production of high energy neutrinos from cosmic strings for her master thesis with Dr. Frank Deppisch and obtained the first ever upper bound for the mass of massive neutrinos produced by cosmic strings. The UCL physics department recognized the work as the best individual master project of 2018.

Darougheh-Dafar was the only female participant from UCL in the inaugural undergraduate research conference in London[6]. She spoke on "Standard Model Higgs boson produced in association with a vector boson and decaying into b-quarks in pp collisions" in 2016. She also has been published by Pi Media with an article titled "Understanding the Higgs Boson"[7]

Personal life[edit]

Darougheh-Daftar married Clayton Pierce Owen in 2018 in England. The two currently live together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Darougheh-Daftar is a Christian and sees theoretical physics as a way to better understand God's creation.

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  3. ^ "Maths students go for gold".
  4. ^ "Summer Student at Rutherford Lab".
  5. ^ Vidal, X. Cid; D'Onofrio, M.; Fox, P. J.; Torre, R.; Ulmer, K. A.; Aboubrahim, A.; Albert, A.; Alimena, J.; Allanach, B. C. (2018-12-19). "Beyond the Standard Model Physics at the HL-LHC and HE-LHC". arXiv:1812.07831 [hep-ph].
  6. ^ "ICL UCL Undergraduate Research Conference". imperial.ac.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  7. ^ "Pi Media". pimediaonline.co.uk/. 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2019-03-17.